Blakedown

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Blakedown
Belbroughton Road, Blakedown.jpg
Belbroughton Road
Blakedown is located in Worcestershire
Blakedown
Blakedown
 Blakedown shown within Worcestershire
Population 1,556 [1]
OS grid reference SO879784
   – London  108 miles (174 km) 
Civil parish Churchill and Blakedown
District Wyre Forest
Shire county Worcestershire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town KIDDERMINSTER
Postcode district DY10
Dialling code 01562
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
List of places
UK
England
Worcestershire

Coordinates: 52°24′13″N 2°10′43″W / 52.403571°N 2.178555°W / 52.403571; -2.178555

Blakedown is a village in the Wyre Forest District in the north of the county of Worcestershire, England. Due to its road and rail links it serves mainly as a dormitory village for Kidderminster, and the cities of Birmingham and Worcester. Originally part of Hagley Parish, it was transferred in 1888 to the small adjacent parish of Churchill, which became Churchill and Blakedown.

Much of Blakedown was originally an area of common land, enclosed in the 19th century. However Harborough Hall, which once belonged to the family of William Shenstone the poet, is probably the successor of a house that goes back to Medieval times.

The main road that runs through the village was part of the turnpike road from Birmingham to Kidderminster. The turnpike trust was established in 1753.

Blakedown railway station was opened in 1852 and originally called Churchill station). Later it was called Churchill and Blakedown before adopting its current name.

The village has a small church, St. James the Great, and a Church of England primary school. Blakedown also includes two local pubs, and a village shop that offers a range of fresh foods and a newspaper delivery service.

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  1. ^ 2001 Census census

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